The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

I fell in love with Middle-Earth and the Lord of the Rings story after watching the movie trilogy several years after it came out. I loved everything about it; for some reason I always had this assumption the books were really hard to read. I think it’s because I always knew that Tolkien created his own language for the Elves (and probably the Orcs too) and I thought that he wrote in a lot of the language. I also had always heard that it was a very complex read.

Maybe if I tried reading it when I was in high school, I wouldn’t have fared well. This was definitely not the case when I finally started the trilogy.

Blurb: One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

While I had no issues with the story (of course), there were a few things that got in the way, I think, from fully enjoying and immersing myself in the story. All of these things are totally on me.

Before I jump into that though, I do want to make a quick note of how I did not realize that the first book is completely from Frodo’s perspective. It sort of threw me off and took me a few chapters to get into the rhythm of the story from his perspective. I also found that it got harder to stay focused towards the end.

Tolkien’s writing was great, which was no surprise, though I got a little tired of reading words straight from the medieval ages. And while I haven’t watched the movies in years, I still couldn’t shake the images of the actors who played each character or trying to match the scenes in the book to the scenes in the movie while I read.

Which is all completely on me, even though it was annoying. And goes to show that sometimes you really should read the book first.

What were your initial thoughts after the first time reading the Fellowship of the Ring?

8 thoughts on “The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

  1. I read the book just before the films were made (naturally I was very excited about that – I saw the first one 3 times at the cinema!) and I like it the best of the trilogy because it has a little humour in it.

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    • That’s very true! Though I haven’t seen any of the extended versions – those might incorporate a little more from the books. Either way, both are great separate from each other I think

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